Regulating Europe

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Book Cover: Regulating Europe
Editions:Cartaceo: € 48,87 EUR
Size: 15,60 x 23,39 cm
Pages: 332

Majone explores the development of regulation in Europe, contrasting European states’ approaches to that of the US, where independent “statutory” regulators were created much earlier. European policy-makers’ primary means to address market failure had been through nationalisation and direct state control of industries and services. With this approach seen to have failed, and under pressure on public budgets, governments launched privatisation programmes and major “deregulation” initiatives. However, Majone argues that rather than deregulating, this process actually saw the substitution of one form of regulation with another.

He describes the development of the European Communities as both a consequence and a cause of the emergence of new forms of regulation. On the one hand, the European Commission had fewer budgetary constraints on proposing regulatory measures than in developing redistributive programmes. Moreover, one or other Member State often demanded the Commission put forward regulatory measures in a given field. On the other hand, in delegating regulatory powers to the Commission, Member States not only distanced themselves from unpopular actions, but the Commission would be seen by market actors as a more credible regulator, being more distant from vested interests in each country than governments.

Building on contributors’ case studies of European regulation in practice, Majone highlights the unstable relationship between national and European levels of regulation. He concludes with discussion on the problem of ensuring legitimacy for regulators with little democratic accountability, in particular in situations where policy-makers fail to resist the temptation to exercise hidden influence on regulators.

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Book Cover: A grand illusion : an essay on Europe
Parte di 1996 series:
Editions:Cartaceo
Size: 13,97 x 20,32 cm
Pages: 149

This essay brings together a series of lectures given by Judt, a distinguished British historian, at the John Hopkins Center in Bologna in 1995. The book looks to the past and the beginnings of the European community, but is not so much a history as an attempt to answer key questions of the day regarding the European project and its prospects for the future. Judt denied being a eurosceptic and in fact described himself as 'enthusiastically European', although he did admit to being a 'europessimist'. He sets out his misgivings about the chances of genuine cohesion between the Member States. While he believed a 'truly united Europe' a desirable aspiration, he maintained it was not achievable in practice and that the promise of an ever-closer union between European countries was an unrealistic undertaking. The book examines nationalism and discusses the place of the nation-state. Following Judt's death in 2010 from a motor neurone disorder at the age of 62, commentators noted, and continue to point out, that his insightful and perceptive observations on Europe remain as true and relevant as when he wrote them.

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Book Cover: Il futuro dell'Europa : le sue radici cristiane
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Editions:Cartaceo (Italian): € 14,46 EUR

Il libro si divide in tre parti: 'Il futuro dell'Europa e le sue radici cristiane', 'I padri dell'Europa', 'Discorsi al Parlamento Europeo'.XXI due contributi iniziali della prima parte seguono il percorso storico delle Chiese cristiane in Europa e sviluppano una riflessione su come i nostri valori comuni, avendo origine nelle radici cristiane, possano essere utili per affrontare non solo i problemi dell'integrazione europea, ma anche quelli della società democratica nel mondo moderno. In un terzo contributo, 'Coabitazione e conflitti tra religioni nel Mediterraneo', Andrea Riccardi descrive i vari periodi di più o meno difficile coabitazione tra cristiani e musulmani, cercando di trovare nel passato possibili soluzioni per affrontare le problematiche della nuova Europa multiculturale.

Nella seconda parte si trova un discorso sulla pace di Schuman, un estratto delle memorie di Adenauer e un testo di de Gasperi, in cui l'uomo politico italiano pone l'accento sull'importanza del Cristianesimo come base morale della democrazia.

La terza parte del libro contiene tre discorsi al Parlamento europeo in seduta plenaria: il discorso di presentazione del 'Progetto di trattato che istituisce l'Unione europea', di Altiero Spinelli e due discorsi sull'integrazione europea di Giovanni Paolo II (1988) e di François Mitterrand (1995).

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